4 Things Steph Curry’s NBA Career Has Taught Me About Success
As a Bay Area native and LONG time Golden State fan I know what it feels like to take a loss repeatedly and not lose hope. I also know what it feels like to never want to take off your championship hat and shirt because you can’t stop celebrating a win. I type all of this as I am wearing my championship shirt LOL. Considerably the best shooter to ever play the game, Stephen Curry has certainly proven that he’s deserving of that title. While I appreciate Steph’s ability to perfectly execute a game-winning 35-foot shot with 0.6 seconds left, I respect and appreciate him for so much more. I’ve taken notes, his career has inspired me in a multitude of ways over the past few years. Curry’s NBA career has given me a lot of pointers on how to hold my head high and navigate through life. So what exactly has Chef Curry ballin on the court taught me about life?
Never Be Afraid to Let The World Know That God Comes First:
One of the things I am very vocal about on my blog, in my books and everyday life is my love for God. In a world that attempts to diminish or completely disregard God’s power, it’s important that we forever show honor and praise to the most high. I’ve watched Curry make it very clear that he knows who’s responsible for his success.
“Obviously, there’s a lot of hoopla and fanfare that follows you wherever you go, but I know where my talent comes from.” – Steph
It’s so important for me to forever maintain that same mindset. Yes, it’s very easy to get caught up in the attention, the accolades and titles. I admire Curry for forever being vocal about the fact that he knows that without God’s grace he wouldn’t be where he is career wise. It’s a learning lesson for us all. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
Just Because Things Aren’t Looking Good Doesn’t Mean You Give Up:
They love you, then they hate you, then they love you again. Steph had a long road of losses before he was able to celebrate the most important victory of his career, an NBA Championship. I’ve definitely learned to accept my losses and trust that it doesn’t mean it’s the end for me. Most of us are too set on getting to the destination without embracing the journey. Because of this mentality we give up on our dreams because we are in search of instant gratification and not real career success. Yes, there will be moments when you lose. There will be moments when you fail, but what matters is your perseverance during those times of failure. Often times our loses are setting us up for wins. No road to success is an easy paved one. There will be bumps in the road, but a true test of your faith is how willing you are to keep moving forward.
You Can Only Go So Far Alone, You Always Need A Solid Team:
Alone, Steph is an amazing player, but he makes it a point to let you know that he’s more than just a one-man show, he is a part of a great team. I think we all have a tendency to get so caught up in what we can be alone or how far we can go alone that we miss the true significance of having solid people in our lives. There is only so far that we can go alone when we’re reaching to achieve specific goals. If we put our trust and faith in God he will always guide us in the right direction while simultaneously making the right connections for us.
It isn’t enough to love what you do, you have to be dedicated to what you do. Watching the way Steph dominates on the court is a true depiction of dedication. You don’t get to be as good of a player as he is by praying that you reach a certain level. Your dedication and determination help you to succeed. Same with us, we can’t grow where we are planted by hoping we will. It takes dedication and hard work to get to a place of excellence. It is important that we understand the power of what we possess, but also accepting that our power is increased by what we do not what we say we will do. It’s not enough to have faith you’ll succeed you have to work and be dedicated for what you want. We all know that faith without works is dead!